The Fast and the Furious (2006 video game)

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The Fast and the Furious
The Fast and the FuriousPS2.jpg
Developer(s) Eutechnyx
Publisher(s) Bandai Namco Games
Vivendi Games
Distributor(s) Universal Interactive
Bandai Namco Games
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • NA September 26, 2006
  • EU March 9, 2007
PlayStation Portable
  • NA April 24, 2007
  • EU October 26, 2007 (as Tokyo Drift)
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD, UMD

The Fast and the Furious (ファスト・アンド・フュリアス?) is a racing game for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The game is based on the film series of the same name, particularly, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. It should not be confused with The Fast and the Furious arcade game, which was later ported to the Wii as Cruis'n. The game is also considered a spiritual successor to Street Racing Syndicate.

Gameplay[edit]

This game features many different races that may take place on the Wangan, or on the local mountain roads called Touge. There are two types of races that can take place on the Wangan: Destination Races - a simple point to point race, and Top Speed Battles - whoever can set the highest speed record in between the start and finish wins. The Touge also features two events: Grip Battles - point to point race going uphill or downhill through tight Hairpin Turns, and Drift Battles - whoever can accumulate the most points by the end of the run wins. Throughout the Wangan are several exits which can lead to hotspots - where Wangan races can be started, touges, Car Dealerships, tune shops, and Robo-Garages. These garages were featured in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. There are 8 different dealerships where vehicles can be purchased: Nissan dealership, Mitsubishi dealership, Mazda dealership, Honda dealership, Toyota dealership, Subaru dealership, Lexus dealership, and a U.S. Naval Base - where according to the instruction booklet included with the game, cars are brought over by stationed soldiers who end up selling them or are just imported. The tune shops are spread over the map and offer performance upgrades, visual upgrades, and paint jobs which are free and fully customizable by the player.

Cars[edit]

The game includes many Japanese cars such as the Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Toyota Supra, Honda NSX and the Nissan Skyline. There are also some American cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Shelby GT500. There are some references to Initial D used by some rivals in Doushi Touge, one based off of Takumi Fujiwara, Hiroto who uses an AE86 stated with similar setup.

Development[edit]

In 2003, an anticipated game with the same name was being developed[1] and then cancelled. The promotional trailer is included as one of the bonus features in the 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD.[2] The two games were developed by two different developers however (the 2003 cancelled game by Genki;[1] the 2006 released game by Eutechnyx), and besides their tie to the Fast and Furious franchise, they were not related in any way.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 57.52%[3]
(PSP) 55.25%[4]
Metacritic (PS2) 59/100[5]
(PSP) 58/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 4.5/10[7]
Eurogamer 5/10[8]
Game Informer 6/10[9]
GameSpot (PS2) 6.6/10[10]
(PSP) 6/10[11]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[12]
GameZone 7.4/10[13]
IGN (PS2) 6.6/10[14]
(PSP) 6.2/10[15]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 5/10[16]
PlayStation Magazine 6/10[17]
Detroit Free Press 3/4 stars[18]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[19]

The game was met with very mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 57.52% and 59 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[3][5] and 55.25% and 58 out of 100 for the PSP version.[4][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b IGN staff (May 15, 2003). "E3 2003: Fast and Furious Hands-on". IGN. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Fast and the Furious [Canceled] - Overview". AllGame. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "The Fast and the Furious for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "The Fast and the Furious for PSP". GameRankings. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "The Fast and the Furious for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "The Fast and the Furious for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ EGM staff (November 2006). "The Fast and the Furious (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (209): 124. 
  8. ^ Whitehead, Dan (March 12, 2007). "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Helgeson, Matt (November 2006). "The Fast and the Furious (PS2)". Game Informer (163): 134. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ Davis, Ryan (October 6, 2006). "The Fast and the Furious Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ Davis, Ryan (April 27, 2007). "The Fast and the Furious Review (PSP)". GameSpot. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ Leahy, Dan (October 20, 2006). "GameSpy: The Fast and the Furious (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ Boker, Gabe (October 29, 2006). "The Fast and the Furious - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ Roper, Chris (October 4, 2006). "The Fast and the Furious Review (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ Roper, Chris (May 1, 2007). "The Fast and the Furious Review (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Fast and the Furious (PS2)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 119. November 2006. 
  17. ^ "Review: The Fast and the Furious (PS2)". PSM: 84. December 2006. 
  18. ^ O'Keefe, Billy (October 21, 2006). "'The Fast and the Furious' (PS2)". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ Gibbon, David (March 9, 2007). "PS2: 'The Fast and the Furious'". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on June 20, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 

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